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D. Henschen
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6/28/2013 | 2:03:46 AM
re: Oracle And Salesforce.com Link Clouds
Yes, Oracle seems to be abdicating leadership of the cloud CRM market to Salesforce with this move. Oracle would never admit to that, but in Thursday's conference call with Marc Benioff, Oracle gave Salesforce.com its due as "the largest cloud computing company" and "the leader in the CRM category."
So what's Oracle's future in cloud CRM? And what does the NetSuite deal say about Oracle's aspirations for Fusion ERP in the cloud? Customers and would-be customers have to wonder just how hard oracle will work to make these the best cloud apps in the business.
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6/26/2013 | 7:46:43 PM
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Hi Doug. You didn't mention Oracle CRM On Demand or Oracle Fusion CRM. Oracle competes directly w/SF in the CRM space. CRM On Demand came from their acquisition of Siebel a long time back. Somewhat problematic for Oracle customers, they have focused on Fusion and developed CRM in Fusion in "parallel" to continuing support for On Demand. This partnership, if I were a current CRM On Demand customer, would raise further questions if I was in a dead end platform for CRM and Oracle was going to somehow move towards SF.
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6/26/2013 | 10:59:12 AM
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Yes, it's certainly greasing the skids for such a move, but SF's goal is to become a $10 billion company. It's already at $3 billion. It would take a lot of bucks to buy and company that still isn't profitable. With nine years on the partnership, the money picture could certainly change.
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6/26/2013 | 2:19:11 AM
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Doug,

Do you get the feeling that this would make a future Oracle takeover of Salesforce an even bigger win/win for Oracle? By getting SF onto the latest software, integrating their clouds, etc., a full-scale integration in the future would incur a lot less cost. Essentially, Oracle is getting money up front that they can then use later to buy SF if they wanted - or am I reading this wrong?

Andrew Hornback
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D. Henschen
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6/25/2013 | 4:05:36 PM
re: Oracle And Salesforce.com Link Clouds
I asked Salesforce.com: "Will the use of Oracle Java extend to Force.com and Heroku?" and "Will Force.com and Heroku also standardize on Oracle Java Middleware and Oracle infrastructure?" I had yet to hear back at press time (11:15 am ET), but at noon a Salesforce spokesperson responded that the company will not be commenting beyond what's in Oracle's press release.


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